M.A. Adejoro, S.O.S. Akinyemi, B.O. Fagbola, O.S. Adebayo
The incidences of pests and diseases are major constraints in production of Musa spp., threatening the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on it for their daily calorie intake in sub-Saharan Africa. Research and development efforts of scientists geared towards the sustainable cultivation of this crop has led to the development of several technologies and new hybrids in controlling pests and diseases prevalent in Musa spp. Diverse studies on these in Africa seem to be scattered, with little coordination. This study, using bibliometric techniques, was therefore conducted to identify and analyze Musa literature on the topic of pests and disease as relevant in Musa production on the African continent, and also to identify and discuss specific trends over a ten year period, from 2001-2010. Major pests and diseases reported include: Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacaerum, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense, Mycosphaerella fijiensis, Radopholus similis and Cosmopolites sordidus. Studies documented a significantly higher frequency of bacterial and fungal pathogens, with lower incidences of viruses reported. Regional consideration indicated greater frequency of X. campestris in East Africa, with higher incidences of M. fijiensis in West Africa. This study further attempted to harness all the combined efforts in addressing pests and diseases, to identify research needs and to propose solutions to combat the spread of these pests and pathogens. In addition, research focus areas are suggested that will assist scientists in limiting the losses caused in Musa by pests and diseases.
Adejoro, M.A., Akinyemi, S.O.S., Fagbola, B.O. and Adebayo, O.S. (2013). BIBLIOMETRIC ANALYSIS OF DISEASE INCIDENCE ON MUSA SPECIES IN AFRICA. Acta Hortic. 1007, 349-354
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.1007.38
banana, documentation, plantain, plant health, research and development

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